The Shadow of Eligio Cedeño

Quico says: “Take Eligio Cedeño,” The Contact says, “to this day, I’ve never been able to figure out exactly how he fucked up.” We’re sitting in one of these swank East Side restaurants whose ongoing existence don’t seem to jive at all with the extremist discourse coming out of Miraflores. After another sip of his…

The view from your window: Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden. 5:49 PM. Send us the View from Your Window: caracaschronicles at fastmail dot fm, or nageljuan at gmail dot com. Please ensure the window frame is visible, and tell us the place and time the picture was taken. And don’t try to “pretty it up” – just show us what you see when…

Roy Chaderton: manipulative liar

Juan Cristóbal says: – These days, chavista diplomacy goes from one embarrassment to the next. On the heels of giving Lybian dictator and major headcase Muammar Gaddafi our country’s highest civilian honor, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the OAS, Roy Chaderton, has falsely accused Venezuela’s opposition of officially recognizing the Micheletti administration in Honduras. Speaking in no…

Cadiva Chronicles

Juan Cristóbal says: The government’s multi-billion dollar subsidy to the upper-middle classes, in the form of artificially cheap dollars, is an ongoing focus of this blog. This twisted social program we like to think of as Misión Cadivi has made billionaires out of a handful of arbitrageurs and seeded distortions throughout our economy. But one…

The view from your window: Harare

Harare, Zimbabwe. 8:30 AM. Send us the View from Your Window: caracaschronicles at fastmail dot fm, or nageljuan at gmail dot com. Please ensure the window frame is visible, and tell us the place and time the picture was taken. And don’t try to “pretty it up” – just show us what you see when…

Tightening the noose

Juan Cristóbal says: When the government’s “Media Responsibility Law” forced all radio stations to allocate five and a half hours of broadcasting per day to programming made by “independent national producers,” many decried the move as one more step toward the end of press freedom in Venezuela. Since this didn’t pan out quite so dramatically,…

Graduating Out of the Axis of Annoyance

Quico says: It’s tempting to dismiss Rodrigo Sanz’s revelation that Iran is collaborating with Venezuela in an effort to secure high grade Uranium in Santa Elena de Uairén as mere posturing, or even just a slip of the tongue. That would be a serious mistake. I believe Friday’s announcement will come to be remembered as…

The view from your window: Austin

Austin, Texas, USA. 7:45 AM. Send us the View from Your Window: caracaschronicles at fastmail dot fm, or nageljuan at gmail dot com. Please ensure the window frame is visible, and tell us the place and time the picture was taken. And don’t try to “pretty it up” – just show us what you see…

Radioactive

Quico says: So, just one day after Presidents Obama, together with Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown, warned Iran that they’ve determined that “the size and configuration of this [their newly disclosed nuclear facility at Qom] is inconsistent with a peaceful program”, the Venezuelan government drops a diplomatic bombshell, as Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz confirms the…

The Thicket

Quico says: The fine landed like a bombshell in this well-appointed east-side building’s condo board. The government was fining them for BsF.60,000 – some $10,700 at the no-joke exchange rate – for “workplace safety violations.” None of the residents was prepared for this. Sure, labor inspectors had been to the building some weeks before and…

Non-Traditional Exports

[In a provocative journal article on Chávez's strategy to project power abroad...] Javier Corrales says: If a foreign government or politician accepts Venezuelan aid, what follows is more than just clinics. Recipients are free to use the money as they see fit. Rarely can politicians receive this amount of aid unconditionally. Venezuelan aid, therefore, often…

Clarifications on Bocarandagate

Quico says: Oh, I do enjoy riling you all up once in a while. But since the general level of up-rilery appears to be a bit higher than usual this time, I thought I would clarify. I condemn any move by any government to silence media voices merely for reasons of political expediency. I mean,…

The View from Your Window: Paris

Paris, France. Send us the View from Your Window: caracaschronicles at fastmail dot fm, or nageljuan at gmail dot com. Please ensure the window frame is visible, and tell us the place and time the picture was taken. And don’t try to “pretty it up” – just show us what you see when you look…

He can run run, but he can’t hide…

Quico says: So we’re all supposed to be sad now that oppo radio-broadcaster Onda la Superestación has canceled Nelson Bocaranda’s long-running political gossip show, “Los Runrunes de Nelson Bocaranda”. Sorry, but count me out. With Bocaranda’s Freedom of Speech martyrdom, the very worst in the opposition’s victim complex is coming to the fore. All of…